I've been working to try and get ahead a bit on common core. Our district isn't changing over until next school year, but I've been making the shift on our 1st grade things a little bit at a time so we are completely ready.
I revamped our writing rubrics so they are more fully aligned with common core. I really like using rubrics like this because it makes grading writing so much easier. I think writing is by far the most difficult thing to grade.
The rubrics are half-sheets (prints two to a page) so they can be easily attached to the top of the student's writing while allowing their writing to peak through if necessary.
We cover a whole lot of sight (high-frequency) words with our kiddos throughout the year. We work on 9 new words a week (with the class as a whole ... some kiddos need less... some kiddos just keep moving on). I put all 3 lists on the back of the kids' homework folders before I laminate them. This way they can go ahead if they've mastered the 9 of the week. And they can review previous words at any time. I made a new copy this year, because I was in need of a change of font. (It happens. A lot.) Memorizing high-frequency words is very important. It is a huge part of what takes a child from level 3 to 30 in one school year.
If you'd like the lists, click the picture below. The .pdf contains the page I put on the back of the homework folder and the individual lists for each trimester. I use these to assess the kids one-on-one.
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